To implement preventive policies of disability in older diabetic people, the role of diabetes in the disablement process should be investigated. Diabetes mellitus is consistently associated with a higher prevalence of disability at all states, as well as with a progression in disability states and may be considered as a brake on recovery. This association is partially explained by existing complications, associated conditions (obesity, depression, arterial hypertension) treatment burden, and other social characteristics (lower income, lower educational level). Finally, in the disablement process, the role of altered muscle metabolism due to diabetes, aging, nutrition and sedentary lifestyle may represent a major target for interventions to improve functions and potentially activities in elderly people.
Auteur : Bourdel Marchasson I, Helmer C, Fagot Campagna A, Dehail P, Joseph PA
Diabetes & metabolism, 2007, vol. 33, n°. Suppl 1, p. S66-74